Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Coping With the Daily Barrage of Upsetting News

"Vicarious trauma" from watching too much news may cause changes in thoughts, difficulty concentrating, inability to stop thinking about the events

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Need Professional Responders

Sex-based harassment and discrimination makes trained Title IX GateKeepers essential. Here’s why.
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The Brain Under (Sexual) Attack

Is the brain’s response to being attacked basically the same, whether it’s undergone sexual assault, physical assault, or enemy fire in military combat?

Medical Marijuana for PTSD?

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Combined with other therapies, medical marijuana may help those with PTSD.

Mental Health and the Holidays

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in The New Normal
Tips for surviving the holidays.

Are We Taking Concussions Too Seriously?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 11, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Taking "a hard hit" is a sign of toughness. But is pulling yourself out of action still seen as "weakness?" Dr. Harry Kerasidis explains why concussions deserve our attention.

Bidirectional Gut-Brain Axis Can Perpetuate a Vicious Cycle

By Christopher Bergland on December 11, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies powerful bidirectional gut-brain interactions: Gut disturbances can trigger brain inflammation and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can trigger gut dysfunction.

Trauma Psychotherapy, Pilates, EMDR and Sensorimotor Work

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in The New Normal
Chronic pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and other physical manifestations can reflect unresolved psychological trauma residuals. But maybe Pilates can help?

5 Things Psychopaths and Narcissists Do in Conversation

By Kaja Perina on December 07, 2017 in Brainstorm
He was betrayed by a wife who took everything. He's on retainer with the NSA. Whatever the disclosure, it comes before he even knows whether or not you are trustworthy.

The Emotional Aftermath of Speaking Out

By Mariana Plata on December 07, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
Who are the "Silence Breakers" and why is their work so important? Speaking out your truth can be an emotional rollercoaster.

Psychotherapy Is THE Biological Treatment

Psychiatric problems come purely from traumatic adaptations as digested by our temperament. Psychotherapy deactivates problematic brain mappings and activates healthier ones.
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Not Talkative? Not Emotional? That’s Okay, and Here’s Why.

By Michael S. Scheeringa M.D. on December 07, 2017 in Stress Relief
If you have PTSD, when you talk about your traumatic memories, do you fall into the categories of Expressive, Avoidant, Undemonstrative, or Fabricated?

Sexual Assault Stories Can Traumatize the Public

Sexual assault stories in the media can traumatize the public, a plea for mindful reporting.

What Does It Take to Transform Trauma Into Art?

By Ariel Gore on December 04, 2017 in Women and Happiness
Want to write through trauma and mental illness? Chelsey Clammer illuminates the art and craft making excellent essays out of tough experiences.

5 Ways Intimate Partner Violence Research Informs #MeToo

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 03, 2017 in ExperiMentations
High-profile cases raise awareness of gender-based sexual violence. Research on perpetrators of domestic violence tells us what we may need to do to prevent future aggression.

How We Carry Trauma in the Body

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in The New Normal
Reconnecting with the body.

Coping With Collective Trauma

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in One More Bite
Has the state of the world left you feeling off balance? These simple strategies will bring you back to center.

Beyond the Casting Couch - Part 2

If you are a sexual assault survivor, be aware that repeated exposure to the media's news stories is probably not in your best interest.

It Ain't About How Hard You Hit

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Brain Chemistry
What is going on in the brain when a fighter gets punched or kicked in the head? Ex-UFC fighter Shannon Gugerty talks about his own experience.

Future Harassers Beware! We'll (Eventually) Learn About You

How can some of those who harass others stay under the radar for such a long time? What is the appropriate response to these cases? What could prevent them in the first place?

There's a Difference Between Privacy and Secrecy

Talking about your emotional wounds can make you mentally stronger. But it's important to be intentional about who you share your story with and when you decide to share it.
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What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 3

Based on Dr. Maisel's primary research on authoritarian wounding, learn what you can expect from authoritarian contact and how you can heal the wounds inflicted by that contact.

Why Don't Sexual Assault Victims Come Forward Sooner?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in Suffer the Children
If Moore actually sexually abused or harassed them, why did the accusers wait until he was a candidate for a prestigious position to speak out against him?

In Long-Term Care, Patient-on-Patient Violence on the Rise

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Mental-health treatment plans may reduce aggression in dementia patients.

The National Crisis of Disclosure of Sexual Violence

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Social Lights
Making sense of all the recent reports

Are Fears Of Self-Compassion Holding You Back?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 20, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Research suggests that fears of self-compassion can get in the way of growth. Developing compassion can help to facilitate change. Read a comprehensive overview here.

When Post-Breakup Pursuit Becomes Stalking

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Relational pursuit is part of love stories and romantic comedies, even after a breakup. Unfortunately, glamorous depictions of unrequited love create a false sense of normalcy.
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Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims

It takes more than 20 sessions, or about six months of weekly therapy, before therapy patients start to improve.

Me Too and Misogyny

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on November 18, 2017 in Catching Homelessness
If you are tired of the current focus on gender-based violence, think again and consider the underlying misogyny affecting us all.

Six Elements Of Self-Care In Adults With Childhood Trauma

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...